The America’s Cup Concert Series opened on Friday night with a sold-out show by American indie band, Imagine Dragons. It was the first show at the America’s Cup Pavilion, a new, temporary, 9,000-seat, outdoor concert venue along the Embarcadero on San Francisco’s waterfront.
“We’ve played a lot of venues across the country that are about this size, but this is one of the most beautiful,” said Dan Reynolds, the lead singer of the award-winning, Las Vegas quartet, before taking the stage. “To be playing right here on the Bay, there’s a real energy and it’s great to be part of it.”
The show by Imagine Dragons was the first of series of concerts and performances scheduled between now and October as part of the America’s Cup Summer of Racing festivities along the San Francisco waterfront. “
Imagine Dragons are a phenomenal live act and we couldn’t think of a better way to open the venue,” said Aaron Siuda, Vice President of Live Nation Northern California. “Having a sold out crowd on the waterfront was a great way to start the America’s Cup Concert Series this summer.”
The America’s Cup Pavilion will host concerts in the evenings, while during the day the Pavilion is an integral part of the America’s Cup Park at Piers 27/29 and will feature live racing with commentary on the big screens.
A portion of ticket proceeds from the Imagine Dragons show will be donated to a charity currently being set up in the name of Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson, to benefit children’s sailing. Simpson, a sailor with Artemis Racing, died earlier this month following a tragic training accident.
Sting is the next act scheduled to play at the America’s Cup Pavilion with a sold out performance booked on Sunday night. The full concert series listings can be found here.